Occupational lung diseases continue to be a major health burden for Australian workers, with previous declines followed by a dramatic increase in cases over the last two to three years, according to Safe Work Australia
Renewed calls for a Federal paid pandemic leave scheme have followed Victoria's revelation that nine in 10 Victorians with COVID-19 continued going to work or the shops after they first experienced symptoms. Meanwhile, heavy vehicle industry workers have been urged to lead by example on coronavirus control measures.
Safety regulators and police will target workplaces and enforce the use of face masks under a Victorian plan to tackle the concerning increase in COVID-19 cases in the State. Meanwhile, Safe Work Australia has released a checklist for complying with WHS laws while transitioning workers back to usual workplaces during the pandemic.
In this article, OHS Alert reviews all the need-to-know workplace safety and compensation developments from the second quarter of 2020, including Australia's first industrial manslaughter conviction, recklessness cases, work-related pandemic restrictions and wholesale legislative changes.
A PCBU's duty to eliminate risks where reasonably practicable extends to lawfully disposing of any unnecessary or excess flammable liquids and combustible materials in the workplace, according to new guidance from Safe Work Australia.
Safe Work Australia has urged employers to access a free program that addresses the WHS risks associated with prolonged sitting and includes tools for those working at home for the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, Victorian police are targeting businesses that breach pandemic restrictions, with coronavirus cases soaring in the State.